posted on Jul, 29 2012 @ 02:06 PM
Critical thinking is a difficult skill to master. The beauty of these forums is that they allow for a natural form of Hegelian Dialectic to take
place. That dialectic is Thesis, Antithesis, and Resolution. The thesis generally takes place with the O.P. For example, in this thread Klassified
has made an argument that functions as this threads thesis. Members will either post in support of that thesis or argue against it. Those arguing
against it are supporting an antithesis. While it seems rare that any given thread ever reaches a resolution, and some do, even for those that never
reach a resolution, there are members who have argued strongly in support of the thesis that wind up walking away from the argument understanding
their own position better because there were those who effectively argued the antithesis, and vise versa.
In between the members who effectively argue either thesis or antithesis there are the spatterings of drive by posts, off topic posts, and plenty of
ad hominem attacks and other logical fallacies. The reality is that all of us are ignorant about something and most of us ignorant about quite a lot.
It is the nature of living in a body that dictates a fair amount of subjectivity. Being objective requires somehow seeing more than what the human
eye can see, hearing more than what the human ear can hear, smelling more than what the human nose can detect, tasting more than what the human tongue
can savor and feeling more than what the human touch can feel.
Being objective requires the skill of critical thought, patience and a willingness to be wrong.